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15 Mouth-Watering Recipes For Leftover Wine (Photos)


How many times do you find yourself with a half-empty bottle of wine that is no longer fresh enough to drink? Or maybe leftover wine is not a problem in your household, but surely you have at times come across a bottle that just did not please your palate. It seems a shame to simply throw out wine; after all, it can at times be fairly pricey.

But more importantly, that bottle (glass, sip) of wine that you plan to toss would be much better served enhancing your next dinner. Because while wine is delicious in our glass, it is also very tasty when added to our food. Wine helps draw out the subtle flavors of foods, and can transform an ordinary dish into something truly mouth-watering. There are a great many recipes that call on the complex flavors of wine to bring it to the next level, from seafood chowder to lamb burgers.

How do you use your leftover wine? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Coq Au Vin

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/coq_au_vin/">Coq au Vin recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong> <strong>Wine needed: two cups red (pinot noir, burgundy, or zinfandel).</strong>

  • Baked Onion Soup With A Gruyère Cheese Bread Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/baked-onion-soup-with-a-g_n_1391467.html">Baked Onion Soup with a Gruyère Cheese Bread Crust</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: 2/3 glass of dry red.</strong>

  • Grilled Flank Steak With Sichuan Peppercorns

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-flank-steak-with-_n_1058443.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Flank Steak with Sichuan Peppercorns</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a couple of sips of a dry white.</strong> If you have just a tiny bit left in that bottle of white, save it and use it to enhance your flank steak. The flank steaks are seasoned with a simple but potent blend of peppercorns and black bean garlic paste (which you can find at any Chinese grocer).

  • Southwest Seafood Chowder

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/southwest-seafood-chowder_n_1061080.html" target="_hplink">Southwest Seafood Chowder</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: One glass of a dry white.</strong> Do you love clam chowder, but refrain from making it knowing that it has a serious affect on your waistline? This southwest version of the New England classic is lighter and healthier, and still just as comforting as the original.

  • Lentils With Red Wine And Herbs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lentils-with-red-wine-and_n_1058526.html" target="_hplink">Lentils with Red Wine and Herbs</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: quarter glass of a dry red.</strong> With herbs and a scattering of mâche (a sweet and tender green), this stewy lentil dish becomes a perfect combination of a soup and salad. French green lentils work best here because they hold their shape when cooked. If you can't get your hands on mache, arugula or spinach make fine substitutes.

  • Braised Chicken all'Arrabbiata

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/braised-chicken-allarrab_n_1058245.html" target="_hplink">Braised Chicken all'Arrabbiata</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a glass of a dry white.</strong> In chef Robert Holt's recipe, he braises the chicken with five kinds of peppers in a wood-fired oven. If you want to opt for an easier option, you can spice your chicken with poblano and chile flakes, then braise it. For extra kick, toss in some hot pickled cherry peppers.

  • Chorizo Poached In Red Wine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chorizo-poached-in-red-wi_n_1058325.html">Chorizo Poached in Red Wine</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: two bottles of dry red.</strong>

  • Chopped Lamb Steak With Garlicky Spinach

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chopped-lamb-steak-with-g_n_1058324.html" target="_hplink">Chopped Lamb Steak with Garlicky Spinach</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: couple of sips of dry red wine.</strong> A chopped steak is really just a glorified hamburger. But substituting ground lamb for the traditional beef takes this diner out of the realm of just another burger and makes it a gourmet meal.

  • Mahimahi With Herbed White-Wine Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mahimahi-with-herbed-whit_n_1058532.html" target="_hplink">Mahimahi with Herbed White-Wine Sauce</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: quarter glass of a dry white.</strong> This is an easy, yet elegant dish. Perfect for a weekend dinner when you would rather spend more time at the table with others than in the kitchen preparing your meal. The natural flavors of the fresh thyme and marjoram herbs really shine through when paired with this meaty fish.

  • Orecchiette With Veal, Capers And White Wine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orecchiette-with-veal-ca_n_1058586.html" target="_hplink">Orecchiette with Veal, Capers and White Wine</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine Needed: half a glass of a dry white.</strong> The tender veal ragu is perfectly paired with the shape of the orecchiette -- the sauce just hangs onto the pasta. With each bite, you will be thankful that you had that half a glass of wine left over to help make this dish.

  • Wild Mushroom-and-Red Wine Risotto

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/wild-mushroom-and-red-win_n_1058799.html" target="_hplink">Wild Mushroom-and-Red Wine Risotto</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: half a glass of a dry red.</strong> Risotto is the perfect comforting dish for a cold winter night. And regardless of what you may have heard, it is an easy dish to put together. Yes, there might be quite a bit of stirring, but that is as hard as it gets. This risotto dish stands out from others in that it uses red wine rather than white to give it that extra kick.

  • White Wine Braised Clams

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-wine-braised-clams_n_1057361.html">White Wine Braised Clams</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: two glasses of white.</strong>

  • Chicken Breasts With Potatoes And Mashed Peas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-breasts-with-pota_n_1058289.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Mashed Peas</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a little more than half a glass of a dry white.</strong> The classic chicken breast with a side of greens and potatoes gets a slight makeover with a few new tricks. While we all like the healthiness of chicken breast, let's be honest, sometimes it is lacking in flavor. A nice remedy for that is to quickly brown the breast in a bit of butter, and then finishing off in the oven.

  • Penne Rigate With Spicy Braised Swordfish

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/penne-rigate-with-spicy-b_n_1058609.html" target="_hplink">Penne Rigate with Spicy Braised Swordfish</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: half a glass of a dry white.</strong> Swordfish is a meatier white fish and holds up nicely in pasta dishes. Paired alongside tomato sauce makes this a warming, hearty dish; and the addition of jalapeño gives it a nice, fiery kick. Feel free to adjust the amount of jalapeño according to your spicy-food tolerance.

  • Chicken Cutlets With Bacon, Onions And Red Wine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-cutlets-with-baco_n_1056879.html">Chicken Cutlets with Bacon, Onions and Red Wine</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: 2/3 glass dry red (preferably burgundy or pinot noir).</strong>

  • Carrot Osso Buco

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/carrot-osso-buco_n_1061057.html" target="_hplink">Carrot Osso Buco</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a glass of a dry red.</strong> Looking for a light winter meal? Carrot osso buco might just be it. A vegan take on the beloved veal shanks recipe, braised carrots take the place of the meat in this dish. Ground dried porcini mushrooms give the dish a rich, meaty flavor.

  • Butcher's Ragù with Fusilli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/butchers-rag-with-fusil_n_1059510.html" target="_hplink">Butcher's Ragù with Fusilli </a>recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a glass of a dry white.</strong> This ever-so-slightly creamy ragù made with ground beef, pancetta and ham, is flavored with tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes. A nice variation from you traditional tomato-based pasta sauce.

  • Velvet Corn Soup With Crab And Ham

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/velvet-corn-soup-with-cra_n_1059214.html" target="_hplink">Velvet Corn Soup with Crab and Ham</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: quarter of a glass of a dry white.</strong> A rich and hearty soup, this unusual recipe will warm your soul. Crab and ham make an unlikely pair, but their flavors complement each other harmoniously.

  • Chicken With Red Wine And Prunes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-with-red-wine-and_n_1057218.html">Chicken with Red Wine and Prunes</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: 1 1/4 glasses red.</strong>

  • Baked Potatoes With Wild Mushroom Ragù

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/baked-potatoes-with-wild-_n_1058217.html" target="_hplink">Baked Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Ragù</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: a glass of a dry white.</strong> A simple dish of baked potatoes can easily become a vegetarian dinner with the topping of wild mushroom ragu. The recipe calls for a mix of wild mushrooms, so chose your favorites here, or whichever look the best at the store.

  • Salmon With Shiitake And Red Wine Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salmon-with-shiitake-and-_n_1058660.html" target="_hplink">Salmon with Shiitake and Red Wine Sauce</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: two glasses of a dry red.</strong> Did you open a new bottle of red wine that you just didn't love? Well, whatever you do, don't dump it down the drain. Get your money's worth and turn that not-so-great bottle of red into a luxurious sauce for this salmon dish.

  • White Wine Poached Pears

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-wine-poached-pears_n_1059330.html">White Wine Poached Pears</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: one bottle of white.</strong>

  • Chocolate Red Wine Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-red-wine-cake_n_1058322.html">Chocolate Red Wine Cake</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: 1 1/4 glasses dry red.</strong>

  • Wine Souffle

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/wine-souffle_n_1061496.html">Wine Souffle</a> recipe</strong> <strong>Wine needed: 1/2 glass of white.</strong>

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